Giving to CAFNR

Please join us in honoring retiring Teaching Professor Virginia Peterson and retiring Executive Assistant Donna Vaught by contributing to retirement gifts for them: scholarship funds in their names.

Virginia E. Peterson Scholarship in Biochemistry

Virginia Peterson will be retiring this summer after 31 years with the University of Missouri. For many students, she is the face of Biochemistry and has been a major contributor to the excellent reputation Biochemistry has in the College and across the campus for caring about students. Your contribution will have a doubled effect because an anonymous donor has pledged to match, dollar for dollar, the first $10,000 contributed.

Donna J. Vaught Scholarship

Over the past 25 years, Donna Vaught has been the assistant to four associate deans, four interim associate deans and four assistant deans. She also has managed the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ scholarship and loan program to make sure students received the financial aid they needed to complete their education; more than 12,000 students have been awarded scholarships totaling more than $10 million during her tenure. Join us as we raise funds to award an unrestricted scholarship fund in her name.

Read about Donna’s surprise at an endowed scholarship in her name


If you have questions about either of these scholarships, contact Darcy Wells in the CAFNR Office of Advancement (573-882-7009;